Summer is nice, but have you ever had a big bowl of cheesy baked mac 'n' cheese? There's no doubt fall is the best season for cooking, so here are a handful of recipes to get you excited for autumn. 1. Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese Carlsbad Cravings / Via carlsbadcravings.com Beach weather might be coming to a close, but mac 'n' cheese season is just kicking off. Get the recipe for buffalo chicken mac 'n' cheese here. 2. Butternut Squash Curry Chelsea's Messy Apron / Via chelseasmessyapron.com This creamy curry comes together in no time for a good-for-you weeknight dinner. Or you can meal prep on Sunday and store this curry in the freezer for lazy night meals. Get the recipe for butternut squash curry here. 3. Crock Pot Vegetable Lasagna The Modern Proper / Via themodernproper.com This family-friendly meal couldn't be easier. Layer no-boil noodles, sliced veggies, shredded cheese, and marinara sauce in your slow cooker. Then simply turn it on and wait. Get the recipe for Crock Pot vegetable lasagna here. 4. Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Fried Rice How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com This seasonal riff on a takeout classic tastes incredible topped with a fried egg and some spicy gochujang or Sriracha. Get the recipe for bacon and Brussels sprouts fried rice here. 5. Creamy Polenta With Mushrooms and Beans Emilie Eats / Via emilieeats.com This meatless meal is still incredibly filling, thanks to velvety polenta topped with savory mushrooms. Get the recipe for creamy polenta with mushrooms and beans here. 6. Spicy Sausage, Kale, and Orechiette Soup How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com This 30-minute soup recipe is a game-changer on chilly fall nights. Make a big batch and reheat it throughout the week. Get the recipe for spicy sausage, kale, and orecchiette soup here. 7. Chicken and Dumplings Two Peas and Their Pod / Via twopeasandtheirpod.com For a little bit of southern comfort in your own kitchen, look no further than this hearty stew. It takes a little bit of time and effort, but the end result is worth it. Get the recipe for chicken and dumplings here. 8. Maple Ginger Baked Salmon Fit Foodie Finds / Via fitfoodiefinds.com Just when you thought seafood season was coming to a close, this fall-inspired salmon stepped into the picture. Serve it over rice, a simple salad, or with a side of your favorite roasted veggies. Get the recipe for maple ginger baked salmon here. 9. Baked Gnocchi and Vegetables Chelsea's Messy Apron / Via chelseasmessyapron.com This simple sheet pan meal makes almost zero mess. You can always add your favorite protein like chicken or shrimp if you're craving something more filling. Or, add this baked gnocchi to grain bowls or soups. Get the recipe for baked gnocchi and vegetables here. 10. Cast Iron Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Skillet Pizza How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com Before you reach for the frozen pizza, try this homemade version that comes together in a sizzling cast iron skillet. Get the recipe for Brussels sprouts and bacon skillet pizza here. 11. Tandoori Chicken With Israeli Couscous Bev Cooks / Via bevcooks.com This chicken gets marinated in Greek yogurt and a bunch of spices like paprika, turmeric, and cumin. The result is tender chicken that's full of flavor. Get the recipe for tandoori chicken and couscous here. 12. Baked Penne With Spinach and Tomatoes Bev Cooks / Via bevcooks.com There's no bad day a bowl of cheesy, warm baked pasta can't fix. You can also customize this meal by adding your favorite vegetables and protein like meatballs, ground turkey, or chicken. Get the recipe for baked penne here. 13. Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas Jo Eats / Via joeats.net This single sheet pan dinner is perfect for hungry families. Just toss everything in the oven and then let the kids build their own fajitas. Get the recipe for sheet pan steak fajitas here. 14. Pumpkin Pasta With Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce Family Style Food / Via familystylefood.com Move over PSLs, there's a new pumpkin recipe in town, and this one just screams fall. Get the recipe for pumpkin pasta in garlic cream sauce here. 15. Szechuan Beef Carlsbad Cravings / Via carlsbadcravings.com Put down the takeout menu and make this seriously spicy, crispy beef in your very own kitchen. Get the recipe for Szechuan beef here. 16. Coconut Curry Ramen The Modern Proper / Via themodernproper.com We've been waiting months for ramen season to return, and now that it's here, we're embracing it. Get the recipe for coconut curry ramen here. 17. Moroccan Chicken Tagine Camille Styles / Via camillestyles.com If you don't happen to have a tagine at home, don't stress. You can also make this juicy, fall-off-the-bone chicken stew in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Get the recipe for Moroccan chicken tagine here. 18. Smoky Short Rib Tacos How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com These melt-in-your-mouth short ribs get spooned into tortillas and topped with a sweet-and-tangy sauce made with Dijon mustard, honey, and hot banana peppers. Let's just say you'll be making this meal on repeat. Get the recipe for smoky short rib tacos here. 19. Instant Pot Korean Beef Bowls Fit Foodie Finds / Via fitfoodiefinds.com These beef and rice bowls are totally customizable. Serve them over cauliflower rice or your favorite grains, then add your favorite Korean-inspired toppings like kimchi, pickled carrots, sweet potato, and more. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Korean beef bowls here.